Senior Estimator

at Bird Careers
Location Calgary, Canada
Date Posted September 21, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Permanent


Reporting to the Chief Estimator, the Senior Estimator will be responsible for providing accurate estimating and subcontractor costing from the budgeting and estimating stage through the contract letting and planning stage of projects with values ranging from $10M to $100M+. Submissions may include various delivery models; Stipulated Sum/Hard Bid, Design-Build, Cost Plus and Construction Management.

This position is based in the Calgary, AB office.


  • Demonstrates a commitment to positive outcomes and professionalism as a representative of the Company.

  • Leads all aspects of a project pursuit and manages internal and external stakeholders.

  • Provides mentorship and training to other team members where opportunities arise or are assigned.


  • Develop estimates in accordance with Company procedures including takeoff and pricing of own forces work and selected subcontractor work.

  • Solicit pricing from subcontractors and suppliers.

  • Determine general expenses and provide input into margins/fees.

  • Conduct thorough reviews of the project documents and analyze subcontractor requirements.

  • Identify inherent risk and opportunities including strategies to create a competitive edge.

  • Work with the client or consultants with respect to issues that may require clarification or elaboration.

  • Develop a preliminary project construction schedule as a basis for pricing of time related activities utilizing input from subcontractors and Bird staff.

  • Prepare a summary of issues and participate in a detailed estimate review.

  • Lead/participate in the closing of the estimate and submission of the tender.

  • Assist in the development of post tender submissions and in negotiations as required.

  • Participate in project development activities including scope definition and clarification, preconstruction planning, control estimate development and delivery.

  • Provide preconstruction services including the preparation of preliminary budgets, cost plans, and value engineering opportunities.

  • Work to identify leads and securement opportunities through contacts with clients, consultants, subcontractors and others in the construction industry.

  • Maintain databases, including labour rates, material pricing and project costs, for future reference.

  • Prepare conceptual estimates by interpreting historical data.


  • Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or other equivalent construction program

  • Eligible for or have attained PQS, CET or P.Eng designation

  • 8+ years' "hands-on" experience in the capacity of Estimator including a full range of project delivery methods of ICI construction project up to $100+ million.

  • 10+ years experience working in the General Contracting industry. Experience in Production or Field Operations would be considered an asset.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with estimating techniques, tendering process and negotiating contracts

  • Ability to read and interpret construction related documents including plans, specifications, and other technical material

  • Experience working with estimating software programs such as On-screen Takeoff

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Bluebeam

  • Ability to forge, grow and maintain positive relationships with project team, subtrades, consultants and client

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities; capable of handling pressure and challenges in a dynamic business environment

  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritization of work to achieve them

  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, troubleshooting, problem-solving skills, strong math skills and a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), and organizational skills

  • Sense of urgency, flexibility, and strong commitment to achieving goals; ability to work in challenging, fast paced environment

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a positive attitude

Bird is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment by sustaining the strong safety culture that our clients and contractors have come to trust. As such, all full-time and part-time salaried staff employed by Bird, and any of its subsidiary or affiliated corporations (collectively, "Bird"), are required to comply with Bird's COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Policy. Effective December 1, 2021, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result every three days at their own cost. All documentation submitted in relation to this Policy will only be reviewed by those responsible for the administration of this Policy and will be treated as private and confidential in accordance with the company's policies and guidelines.


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